DETROIT – Max Homa nonetheless can’t recover from being paired with Tiger Woods, his childhood idol, for the primary two rounds of the a hundred and fiftieth British Open at St. Andrews. He referred to as witnessing Woods make the stroll throughout the Swilcan Burn Bridge at 18 through the second spherical, probably for the ultimate as a competitor, a “historic second.”

“A type of issues I really feel like individuals say, ‘I’ll always remember the place I used to be when’ and like, I used to be there,” mentioned Homa, who didn’t appear to thoughts that his missed lower on the Open was his first weekend off in his final 14 begins.

This week, Homa is a part of a threesome for the primary two rounds of the Rocket Mortgage Traditional at Detroit Golf Membership with one in every of his closest associates on the PGA Tour, Joel Dahmen. Identical factor, proper?

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“It’s like the other,” he mentioned. “What a distinction. They are saying you need to be humbled on this sport, so I’ve been humbled, went from Tiger to Joel. What a world this golf is. We speak much more, I do know that.”

Homa mentioned he deliberate to relaxation for the three weeks between the British Open and the beginning of the three-event FedEx Cup Playoffs, however added the Motor Metropolis cease to his schedule with the intention to see if he can enhance his place in amongst different issues the Comcast Enterprise Prime 10, which pays bonus cash to the highest 10 within the common season FedEx Cup factors standings – he’s No. 11, which pays squat whereas tenth rakes a cool $500,000 – and the U.S. Presidents Cup standings, which is able to assist decide the 12-man squad – he’s No. 9.

“He makes it a degree that he’s eager to make the crew and you’re keen on to listen to that,” mentioned U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III, including {that a} rookie might carry some vitality and pleasure to the crew.

The possibility to enhance his standing was sufficient cause for Homa to hit the highway, even when it meant lacking a physician’s appointment for the child he and spouse, Lacey, expect. On Tuesday, he took in a Detroit Tigers sport and between innings his mug was flashed on the large display in left subject as one of many celebrities in attendance.

Max Homa enjoys the Detroit Tiger-San Diego Padres sport at Comerica Park. (Adam Schupak/Golfweek)

“Getting acknowledged is bizarre,” Homa mentioned. “Do I prefer it? It type of relies upon. It’s a type of issues that you just like why it’s taking place and generally you don’t like that it’s taking place. Plenty of time I’m with my spouse and it’s simply awkward.”

Take, for example, the time he was at a pal’s marriage ceremony and was washing his palms at an out of doors toilet when the man subsequent to him requested for an image.
“I don’t assume it should ever not really feel weird as a result of I don’t really feel like individuals needs to be taking photos with me,” he mentioned. “It’s not one thing you image once you’re placing on your private home placing inexperienced once you’re a child to win the Masters, you don’t assume you’re going to be taking photos at a Detroit Tigers sport with a bunch of strangers, however it’s what it’s.”

Homa, 31, is winding up one of the best season of his profession, notching two of his 4 profession Tour wins and eight different top-20 finishes. He’s climbed to No. 20 within the Official World Golf Rating and is poised to qualify for the Tour Championship, which is reserved for the top-30 within the FedEx Cup level standings after the BMW Championship, the second leg of the three-event playoffs, for the primary time.

“It’s clearly been a really large aim of mine,” he mentioned. “I felt like three weeks off at house, it’s a billion levels in Arizona, it could be higher to observe on a fantastic golf course and prepare to attempt to peak on the proper time on the finish of the season.”

Tiger Woods of the US shakes palms with Max Homa of the US throughout Day Two of The a hundred and fiftieth Open at St Andrews Previous Course on July 15, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Picture by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Pictures)

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